Montpelier, VT – Almost 56,000 people in the Green Mountain State received food stamps in March. The number of Vermonters signing up for food stamp benefits is nearing the state's all time record and is at a 14-year high. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Hawaii – Researchers at the University of Hawaii are examining the role that language plays in young girls' confidence in their mathematic abilities. They are studying the language parents and children use while working together on mathematical tasks. The researchers are most interested in determining whether the language is different if the child is working with the father or mother.
Pittsfield, MA – The Department of Environmental Protection has completed its technical review of the proposed expansion of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. As, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, airport officials may need to reconfigure that plan to gain state approval.
Washington, DC – The past week's headlines have been dominated by Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the reaction to his speech before the national press club. Congressman Maurice Hinchey calls it a non-issue and saves his criticism for the Bush administration and the media. He spoke with Hudson Valley bureau chief Susan Barnett.
Albany, NY – Joseph Persico speaks with Joe about his book "Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life". This book discusses FDR's secret relationship with Lucy.
Albany, NY – Joe speaks with Louise Erdrich about her book "The Plague of Doves" and how she came to write it. This is Erdrich's first novel in three years and explores people's pasts and the pasts that they have inherited from their family.
Washington, DC – A bill aimed at simplifying and speeding up the benefits application process for returning veterans has moved out of committee in Washington and is headed for a vote in the House. Congressman John Hall, a sponsor of the bill, spoke with our Hudson Valley bureau chief Susan Barnett today. He said most of what the bill calls for seems like common sense.
Montpelier, VT – A mental health advocacy group says too many Vermont children are on psychiatric drugs, that the drug industry has too much influence, and that state officials aren't doing enough to correct the problem. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.